Orlando house shooting “Victim” tied to past terror funding

By Cultural Jihad, Nov. 18, 2015:

“The phone program follows the Muslim Brotherhood pattern of using deceptively described charities as a means to support terrorist causes.”
Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch

The news of shots being fired at a Muslim family’s home in Orlando, FL in the wake of the Paris, France terror attacks has made national news with base reporting from local outlets such as  www.wftv.com:

A 55-year-old Orange County family’s home was shot at Sunday, causing concern that their Muslim faith may have played a part in the wake of terrorist attacks in France.

The homeowner, who told Channel 9 his name is Amir Elmasri but is listed as Mahmoud Elmasri in an Orange County Sheriff’s report, was not home at the time of the shooting, which he believes happened between 8 and 10:20 a.m. Sunday.

During terrorist attacks in Paris Friday night, 129 people were killed and hundreds were wounded. Extremist group the Islamic State took credit for the attacks and warned of similar attacks in the U.S.

Similar reports were made by  www.mynews13.com and the Orlando Sentinal.  Accounts indicate that CAIR is investigating the shooting as a hate crime and calling on the Department of Justice to conduct its own investigation

Amir Elmasri

Amir Elmasri

What is not mentioned in any of the news reports is Amir Elmasri’s past ties to an apparent  U.S. Muslim Brotherhood Phone Scam that funneled money to the Benevolence and Global Relief Foundation located in Bridgeview, Ill.

Both groups have been designated by the U.S Government as terrorist organizations in connection with the funding of Al-Qaida.

A 2001 AP article published in the Florida Times-Union,  reported:

Muslim charities suspected of helping finance international terrorism received at least $1.9 million in the past five years from Florida donors, records show.

The article further indicates:

One of the biggest single contributors was International Charity Network, a Winter Park company that gave $300,000 to Benevolence in 1996 and 1997 alone. Two other related local firms have given Benevolence a total of $171,210 since 1996.

A 2001 The Orlando Sentinel article also reported on theses links to terrorist groups and indicated that funding was achieved through changing subscribed Muslims’ long distance phone service over to MCI.

According to corporate filings, International Charity Network is now called Net One International, Inc.  and Amir Elmasri has been listed as the vice-President of the company since 1998.

A 2007 analysis of the reported phone scam and how it links to U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leadership can be found at the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Watch, which notes:

The phone program follows the Muslim Brotherhood pattern of using deceptively described charities as a means to support terrorist causes.

RELATED: In 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed  a penalty of $1,600,000 against Net One International, Inc. (Net One or Company), for apparently billing consumers for unauthorized charges and fees purportedly in connection with long distance telephone service—a practice commonly known as “cramming.”    Amir Elmasri is listed as the vice-president of Net One International in the FCC filing.


COMMENT: A search of the CAIR national site failed to disclose any mention of this incident.   A check of the CAIR-FL website showed simply a repost of news report that a family “claims it was targetted by gunfire” and “The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Florida said that it is investigating the case with their attorneys to determine whether the family was targeted.” Any mention of a request for Department of Justice action could not be found.

Sam Sorbo: Co-Existence is Futile

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Breitbart, by Sam Sorbo, Nov. 18, 2015:

The following is a monologue presented in the opening of The Sam Sorbo Show on November 16, 2015. To listen to the segment, click below.

Not 10 hours before the attacks in Paris that killed 129 people and left 352 injured, President Obama claimed he had “contained” ISIS.

Now his apologists are rushing in to defend his misinformed assertion with explanations that he was referring to ISIS’ geographical containment, that they aren’t gaining more ground in Syria. But I’m fed up with this word play. Geographically, they are bigger than ever before, having now advanced as far as FRANCE! Let me ask you this, you forked-tongued, logic-lacking sycophants. Would he repeat his  assertion – that ISIS is contained – today, after the attacks in Paris? NO!

We currently face two threats on our way of life in a country that has offered mankind the most technological advances and created the most prosperity the world has ever seen: Political correctness, or secularism, and Medieval Islamists.

Medieval Islam seeks to challenge us, violently. They don’t just disagree with self-governance and this country’s dedication to the God of Abraham and our Judeo-Christian morals. If they did, those insipid, moronic bumper stickers would be true, and we would all co-exist. For all you bozos out there driving around with those co-exist stickers, you can’t coexist with someone who wants you dead, has the capacity to ensure that, and remains convicted that you lack any rights whatsoever. You can only shoot back in self-preservation. Co-existence is not an option because the other sides reject it outright. And by the way, those victims in the theater and restaurants in France complied with the restrictive gun laws, and were unable to shoot back. Their right to co-exist was summarily terminated by those lunatic jihadis who instead chose co-non-existence.

Hillary Clinton, the leading democrat candidate for president, cannot even name the enemy, vaguely referring to “violent extremism,” and “people using their religion for purposes of power and oppression.”

This is a woman who lacks understanding, who seeks to co-exist. She insists that this isn’t “our war.” This is like the “lone wolf” argument that all things occur in vacuums and remain unrelated. Somehow, she (and many others) magically separate fundamentalist Islamist doctrine from Islam, in uneducated, petulant defiance of what the leading Islamic theologians tell us. The people who adhere to the fundamentalist doctrine of Islam are at war with us, meaning freedom and the Judeo-Christian principles on which the West was founded. France is just the most recent example of that.

Isn’t it ironic that George W. Bush put together a coalition of 48 countries to take to take the fight to Al Queda, and France wasn’t even among them? Remember, France wouldn’t let the US fly over her airspace! So… Why attack France? I’ll tell you why. The terrorists aren’t examining the non-believers’ efforts at co-existence. They are simply looking to kill Western values, and the most expedient way to do that is by killing all human beings who hold those values: Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité. Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood. And Freedom!

Those are the things these barbarians want to snuff out, and you’re standing in their way.

Obama pulled the troops out of Iraq, after his apology tour to the Middle East, as an appeasement move, to prove we were reasonable and non-interventionist. Remember the purple fingers in Iraq, when the people voted for their own government? Obama single-handedly destroyed their future. He supported the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. He is paving the way for Iran to get a nuclear bomb.

Consider how the world might be, had the US stayed the course in Iraq, had Obama negotiated the Status of Forces agreement. Did you hear Hillary blame George Bush for that at the debate? As if Obama was too inept to negotiate one himself! No. Obama wanted OUT of the Middle East, and these are the consequences.

This is a failure of leadership that cannot be laid at anyone’s feet but the current administration’s, including the former Secretary of State — “That was a mistake, I’m sorry about that, I take responsibility…” — who is now under investigation by the FBI for putting US security at risk. Hillary presided over the “Arab Spring,” sent Ambassador Stevens into danger and then forgot him, and was downright gleeful at the horrific, brutal execution of Gaddafi. “We came; we saw; he died!

But while Radical Islam is a threat to Democracy and the American Way, it is not the greatest threat. Sen. Bernie Sanders believes that Climate change, something as yet unproven by science, is the greatest threat to this country. He’s completely wrong, but willing to sacrifice the world’s most impoverished people on the altar of Climate Change. Limiting access to cheap fossil fuels will hurt them the most. He is secularism and political correctness in a nut shell. A nut shell — get it?

Terrorists and secularists can both be likened to the communists, Nazis, and socialists who came before them, because they both choose which lives are valuable and which are expendable, or even offensive. Those poor excuses for human beings so love themselves they seek to destroy anyone who isn’t completely aligned with them, and sometimes even those who are. Make no mistake, they represent love of self over God. They choose to believe they should have power over life and death, like Mao and Pol Pot and Bin Ladin. But here in the West, for us to be against slavery and killing is to support a morality that condemns those things, and that is a morality unique to the Judeo-Christian God.

Political correctness, practiced by secularists, is our gravest potential undoing. If you cannot identify the enemy, and you may not criticize an enemy who by any account wants you dead, and you pointlessly struggle to co-exist with said enemy while they chant “Death to America,” and you argue for supplying that enemy with government subsidies and a place to live within your own borders, and with billions of dollars as in Iran; If you sacrifice yourself for your enemy because political correctness prevents you from doing otherwise for fear of reprisals from your politicians, the media, activist judges, and even the IRS, the enemy is no longer some fanatical guy with a knife or a gun. The enemy is your own inability to choose good over evil.

Political correctness has nearly completely eroded our discernment, and that is the greatest threat to America. Because, more than anything else, America is an idea, founded in the truth of Nature’s God, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all human beings are created equal, but lack equal outcomes. Political correctness is the end of that, because it insists on equal outcomes, in defiance of nature’s God. Political correctness is death to truth, defeat of America, and destruction to the western world.

Ben Carson was castigated for stating that he would not favor a Muslim to become president of the US. That is political correctness preventing us from understanding the very core of Islam, which is a political, religious and legal movement that stands in direct opposition to our Constitution. President Obama wants felons to have a better chance to obtain government jobs. That’s political correctness, surrendering our self-governance to proven criminals, in defiance of our Constitution. “Safe Spaces” and “Free Speech Zones” on College Campuses so delicate brain-washed students won’t feel insulted or threatened by ideas, or face the one thing they pretend to desire most: diversity, because they cannot tolerate diversity of thought. That’s political correctness on the level of a hallucinogenic.

Think about this: Everywhere there is Islamic rule, other religions have been virtually wiped out. Northern Africa used to be predominantly Christian. Not anymore. What’s the one thing the Muslim world cannot agree to? The existence of Israel. There is no “co-exist” in a Muslim-majority country. “Co-exist” is a fantasy of the illiterate and uninformed, and a contrivance to mislead the useful idiots of today.

Eisenhower said, “Democracy is nothing in the world but a spiritual conviction, a conviction that each of us is enormously valuable, because of a certain standing before our own God.” The Christian believes in equality and freedom because we are created in the image of God. This is why our legacy is the fight for freedom for all. Secularism believes in self above all, and supports only self-serving ends. Islam practices apartheid, slavery, and extermination against non-believers and women.

If you believe in equality and freedom, then you have inherited some of the moral capital of our great nation. A bill is coming due. I just hope we haven’t squandered too much of our inheritance on political correctness to pay it.

Police gun battle at Paris apartment ‘where ISIS mastermind was holed up’ ends with his ‘wife’ blowing herself up with a suicide vest, one jihadi shot dead and seven arrested


In their sights: Police move in on the apartment where the female suicide bomber blew herself up after firing an AK-47 machine at officers. At least one other jihadi is also dead

In their sights: Police move in on the apartment where the female suicide bomber blew herself up after firing an AK-47 machine at officers. At least one other jihadi is also dead

  • French police and special forces launch operation to storm Saint-Denis flat containing seven Paris terrorists 
  • Mastermind behind Friday’s massacres, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, was believed to be inside Saint-Denis apartment
  • Female suicide bomber who fired AK-47 at police believed to be his wife or cousin. Other suspect killed by grenade
  • Five people taken alive from flat and arrested as well as two others ‘nearby’ as stand-off ended after six hours 
  • Two of arrested plotters were both shot in the arm and are being operated on at a secure hospital in Bobigny, Paris
  • Paris prosecutor refuses to confirm if Abaaoud was in the safehouse and if he was captured or died in the siege
  • At least five police have been injured in the ferocious gunfight and the terrorists also shot and killed a police dog 
  • Witnesses told MailOnline there were periods of intense machine gun fire and at least seven large explosions
  • Man who rented flat to ‘two Belgians’ is arrested and claims: ‘I didn’t know they were terrorists. It was a favour’

Daily Mail, Nov. 18, 2015:

A female terrorist wearing a suicide vest has blown herself up and another jihadi was killed by a grenade during a six-hour siege on a flat where police believe the mastermind behind the Paris massacres was hiding with six other ISIS terrorists.

The stand-off between 110 armed officers and the terror cell ended as a bloodied and half-naked suspect was dragged out of an apartment block in Saint-Denis – close to the Stade de France.

The gunfight started at 4.25am when SWAT teams and special forces surrounded the building believing it contained Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, the architect of the plots that killed 129 people on Friday. The French authorities will not say if he was there or if he is dead or alive.

A woman ‘with long blonde hair’ who may be Abaaoud’s jihadi bride or cousin is said to have fired her AK-47 at police before blowing herself up as an assault squad stormed their hideout. As she tried to murder the police another terror suspect was killed by a grenade blast.

Police said that five people in the flat and apartment block were taken alive and arrested while two others including the flat’s owner were held ‘nearby’.

At least five police were injured in the ferocious gunfight including one shot in the foot seen being carried from the scene. The terrorists also gunned down a seven-year-old sniffer dog called Diesel, sent into the block to look for booby traps.

Security services hunting for Abaaoud had been watching flats and tapping phones in Saint-Denis before they swooped this morning believing the world’s most wanted man and other terrorists were inside. Police also feared the group were about to attack Paris’ business district, La Defense.

Witnesses told MailOnline their street was ‘turned into a warzone’ after long periods of intense machine gun fire and at least seven large explosions, caused by the suicide bomber and hand grenades. There were no hostages involved.

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St. Denis Siege Over: 2 killed, 7 arrested in plot to attack La Defense Paris Business District (newenglishreview.org) – Jerry Gordan reports:

In another development, there were reports that eight Syrian passports were found on migrants in Europe with the name of the suicide bomber at the French Soccer stadium last Friday. One man was arrested in Serbia who carried one of the forged documents.The Daily Mail reported:

The full scale of the trade in false passports that allows terrorists to slip into Europe was exposed last night.

It lets Islamic State fanatics who are bent on murder pose as refugees fleeing war and persecution.

Eight migrants have reached Europe using documents almost identical to those carried by one of the Paris suicide bombers.

He claimed asylum on the Greek island of Leros last month with a fake Syrian passport in the name of 25-year-old Ahmad Almohammad.

In a shocking indictment of the EU’s porous borders, yesterday Serbian police revealed they had arrested a man carrying a Syrian passport which was almost a carbon copy of the one found on the IS bomber’s corpse on Friday.

It had the same name, date of birth and place of birth. The only difference was the photograph. Serbian officials said as many as six other men this year had entered the EU with virtually identical passports.

The passport is in the name of Ahmad Almohammad, born September 10, 1990 in the Syrian city of Idlib. Sources said it was either taken or fabricated based on a real identity

The discovery has heightened fears that all the documents are fakes made by the same forger in the Middle East to dupe authorities into believing the holders are asylum seekers.

And worse, it has sparked concerns that the bogus papers could be in the possession of jihadists now lurking undetected in the EU’s passport-free Schengen travel zone.

This will bolster efforts by more than 30 US Governors, US House Speaker Ryan, US Senate Majority leader McConnell requesting a  Congressional  vote  on a “pause” in President Obama’s announced intent to bring 10,000 Syrian refugees to the US.  As we posted yesterday, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes and representatives of Voluntary agencies and refugee resettlement NGOs on a press conference suggested that vetting of refugees admitted to the US was ‘thorough” denying that terrorists could infiltrate here.

Those representations were dismissed by former Reagan era Defense official Stephen Bryen on a post on this writer’s Facebook page:

The real truth is we have zero capability to vet anybody. It is a lie of the first order perpetrated by people who are intent on their political agendas and don’t care at all about the security of the American people. You can be sure of gross incompetence and total failure that lies ahead.

Meanwhile, President Obama was briefed on these overnight developments in Paris at the Manila APEC conference, while being sharply criticized over his dismissive comments about the evident comments about his failed strategy in the war against ISIS.  He criticized Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for suggesting that Syrian Christians be given preference for admission of refugees under the US program and that Muslims be diverted to majority Muslim countries.  Meanwhile, Arkansas US Sen. Tom Cotton said that the US Refugee Admissions Program “inadvertently” discriminates against Christians and other non Muslim religious minorities, as they don’t enter UN refugee camps for fear of retaliation by Muslim residents.

AP reported the resolve of French President Hollande  to pursue a war against the Islamic State in a televised address today:

French President Francois Hollande says France is ‘at war’ against terrorism by the Islamic State group.

Hollande says he wants “large coalition” working together against IS militants to destroy a group that threatens the whole world and “commits massacres” in the Mideast.

Hollande says “we are at war.” He was speaking in a televised address Wednesday after a seven-hour police siege on an apartment north of Paris where police suspected the mastermind of the deadly Paris attacks might have been.

He says the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle just left to help French military operations in Syria against IS.

Russia and France have formed a temporary alliance engaged in using US target intelligence information to aggressively attack targets in Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State raising questions about the efficacy of the US bombing campaign micromanaged from the Obama White House.  The US led air assault is just now attacking oil tanker trucks and production facilities captured by ISIS, the source of significant smuggled oil revenues for the self declared Caliphate. A Caliphate attracting tens of thousands of foreign fighters including those from Belgium and France, some of whom may have leaded the Paris massacre and last night’s siege in St. Denis.

Also see:

France Strikes ISIS Targets in Syria But Not In Paris

UTT, by John Guandolo, Nov. 16, 2015:

After Friday night’s attack in Paris by Muslim jihadis, French military airstrikes hit ISIS targets in Syria, yet left the jihadi network inside of France intact.


For approximately 40 minutes on Friday night, beginning at 9:20 PM local time in Paris, eight (8) Muslim jihadis conducted numerous assaults across the city.  Explosions at the Stadium of France detonated during a soccer game; and Gunmen fired on two restaurants at Le Petit Cambodge, a bar at Le Bonne Biere, a restaurant at Le Belle Equipe, and at a concert hall at Bataclan.

129 people were killed, and 352 were wounded.  Seven of the eight jihadis were killed, and one of them, Abdeslam Salah, is still at large.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks.


France’s response was to strike ISIS targets outside of its own borders instead of destroying the massive and imminent Islamic threat inside of France.

There are at least forty-seven (47) mosques within a ten (10) mile radius of downtown Paris, which teach the jihad is an obligation for all Muslims until Sharia is the law of the land and the global Islamic State (Caliphate) is established.

The Union of Islamic Organizations in France (UIOF) has significant influence in France, and it’s voice is heard by French leaders.  The UIOF is a Muslim Brotherhood organizations whose stated objective is to destroy all un-Islamic governments and replace them with Islamic rule.

France, like many European nations, is being inundated with Muslims from numerous hostile countries (“refugees”) who openly state they have no loyalty to France nor it’s laws, and who support the implementation of Sharia and the establishment of the Caliphate.

French President Francois Hollande called the attacks in Paris “an act of war,” yet he has not called the slow invasion of his country by Muslims who seek to destroy France by all means possible an “act of war.”

The airstrikes by the French military reportedly hit a command post, a jihadi recruiting center, a munition depot, and a jihadi training camp in Syria.  The French military has not destroyed any such Islamic targets in France – yet those targets exist.

The German Interior Minister, Thomas de Maiziere, said “But I make the urgent plea, as interior minister and as a responsible politician of this country, that there shouldn’t be any hasty links made to the refugee debate.”  Germany’s leader Angela Merkel said she was “deeply shocked” by the attacks in Paris.

One has to ask what level of delusion these leaders live under.  The global Islamic Movement has made very clear the reason for doing what it is doing (fighting jihad to establish a caliphate under Sharia), and the authority with which they do it (Islamic Doctrine).  What exactly is shocking about what happened in Paris when viewed through the lens of Sharia?  Nothing.

A small glimmer of light may be seen in recent comments by Bernard Cazeneuve, the French Interior Minister, who has just called for the dissolution of “mosques where hate is preached” in France.

For anyone paying attention, this is still just the tip of the iceberg plowing over Europe.  The Europeans are giving the jihadis all the rope they (jihadis) need with which to hang them (Europeans).

Belgian Government Admits It Has Lost Control of No-Go Zone

The district of Molenbeek in Brussels. (Photo: © Reuters)

The district of Molenbeek in Brussels. (Photo: © Reuters)

Clarion Project, by Elliot Friedland, Nov. 16, 2015:

Two of the Islamic State terrorists who carried out the attacks in Paris were found to be from the same neighborhood in Brussels.

Belgian authorities arrested seven people from the Molenbeek district of Brussels in connection with the Paris attacks.

Molenbeek is a working class neighborhood in Brussels with a high Muslim population, which has been linked to jihadism several times over the years. The Guardian writes it is becoming known as “Europe’s Jihadi Central.”

Terrorist plots connected to Molenbeek include:

·         2001: The assassination of anti-Taliban leader Ahmad Shah Massoud

·         2004: The Madrid Train bombings that killed 191.

·         2014: The attack on the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

·         2015: The attack on a kosher grocery store in Paris after the Charlie Hebdo shootings.

·         2015: The Verviers Plot, disrupted by Belgian authorities before an attack could take place.

·         2015: The Paris train attack in which the terrorist was overpowered by three Americans.

Home Affairs Minister Jan Jambon said the government does not “have control of the situation in Molenbeek.”

Previous reports have identified so called “no-go zones” in Sweden,France, Germany and the UK. In these heavily Muslim areas it is dangerous for non-Muslims to enter as they may be harassed or attacked and police are often unable to enter unless in force.

How many ‘no-go zones’ there are and to what extent the phenomenon is real has been the subject of much controversy. Steven Emerson of the investigative Project on Terrorism was scorned after he labelled the entire British city of Birmingham a ‘no-go zone’ in January.

Yet the revelations about Molenbeek show there are very serious issues of integration with Muslim communities in Europe and areas where radicalism spreads far more easily.

In trying to find the truth about the integration of Muslim communities it is important not to exaggerate as Emerson did. It is also important to be realistic about the situation in urban areas like Molenbeek.

“I notice that each time there is a link with Molenbeek,” Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel told the press. “This is a gigantic problem. Apart from prevention, we should also focus more on repression.”

The following video, Invasion of France: The State of the Caliphate, Words and Actions was made by the Islamic State after the attacks in Paris. In the Arab-language video, the Islamic State first shows the carnage as reported by the media, then follows by its “justification”:

“The equation is very simple and clear,” says the narrator.  Referring to the airstrikes by France on the Islamic State in Syria, he says, “How you kill, you will be killed; how you take captives, you will be captives; how much you endanger our safety, we will endanger your safety and the events that will come will be worse.”

See the video at Clarion Project

Key suspect in Paris attacks has been featured in Islamic State propaganda

Aboud’s Dabiq interview Source: Dabiq Magazine

Aboud’s Dabiq interview
Source: Dabiq Magazine

Long War Journal, by Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn, Nov. 16, 2015:

European officials have identified Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian man whose parents are from Morocco, as a key suspect in last week’s coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris. Abaaoud has been featured by the Islamic State in its propaganda for plotting terrorist attacks in Europe in the past.

French authorities say Abaaoud is “the presumed mastermind” of the coordinated assault, according to the Associated Press. And he is also thought to have been involved in earlier plots targeting France, the AP reports, including an attack on a Paris-bound train in August and another on a church in the suburbs of Paris.

Abaaoud has not kept a low profile despite his suspected involvement in plots against the West. The Islamic State interviewed Abaaoud in Dabiq 7, the seventh issue of its English-language magazine, which was released in February 2015. The cover of Dabiq 7 mocked Muslims who stood in unity with France over al Qaeda’s attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

Dabiq described Abaaoud as “a mujahid being pursued by Western Intelligence agencies for his jihad in Belgium.” Two members of Abaaoud’s cell were killed in a shootout with Belgian police during a raid on their safe house in Verviers on Jan. 15, just one week after the massacre at Charlie Hebdo’s offices.

In the Dabiq 7 interview, Abaaoud admitted that he and two accomplices, “Abuz-Zubayr al-Baljīkī (Khālid), and Abū Khālid al-Baljīkī (Sufyān),” (pictured, right) traveled to Europe “in order to terrorize the crusaders waging war against the Muslims.” He said Belgium was a target as the country “is a member of the crusader coalition attacking the Muslims of Iraq and Shām [Syria].”

After some difficulties in traveling to Belgium, the three jihadists “were then able to obtain weapons and set up a safe house while we planned to carry out operations against the crusaders,” he claimed.

Abaaoud mocked Western intelligence services for failing to prevent him from entering Belgium and establish a cell, and then later failing to capture him after the Verviers raid.

“Allah blinded their vision and I was able to leave and come to Shām despite being chased after by so many intelligence agencies,” he stated. “All this proves that a Muslim should not fear the bloated image of the crusader intelligence. My name and picture were all over the news yet I was able to stay in their homeland, plan operations against them, and leave safely when doing so became necessary.”

Abaaoud said he was stopped by security officials after the Verviers raid and police failed to match him with a photograph of him that was obtained while he was in Syria.

“I was even stopped by an officer who contemplated me so as to compare me to the picture, but he let me go, as he did not see the resemblance,” he said.

Islamic State has plotted attacks in Europe prior to Paris suicide assault

Abaaoud’s involvement with the Verviers cell and an attack by an Islamic State fighter at a Jewish museum in Belgium in May 2014 belie the common narrative that the Islamic State’s deadly suicide assault in Paris, which left more than 120 people dead, was a radical departure in strategy. Some analysts have claimed that up until last weekend’s attack in Paris, the Islamic State was only focused on taking control of territory in Muslim countries.

After the raid on Abaaoud’s cell in Verviers, Belgian federal magistrate Eric Van der Sypt said the group was “on the verge of committing important terror attacks,” the AP reported. “It shows we have to be extremely careful.”

Over the past year, European intelligence officials have explained that several Islamic State plots were thwarted. In September 2015, Prime Minister David Cameron said that Reyaad Khan and Junaid Hussain, two British nationals who were killed in airstrikes in Syria in August, were plotting attacks against the West.

According to Cameron, Khan and Hussain “were British nationals based in Syria who were involved in actively recruiting [Islamic State] sympathizers and seeking to orchestrate specific and barbaric attacks against the West, including directing a number of planned terrorist attacks right here in Britain, such as plots to attack high profile public commemorations, including those taking place this summer.”

“We should be under no illusion,” Cameron continued. “Their intention was the murder of British citizens.”

An Islamic State fighter succeeded in executing an attack in Belgium in May 2014. Mehdi Nemmouche, a fighter who worked in the Islamic State’s jails in Syria, opened fire at a Jewish museum in Brussels, Belgium and killed four people.

The top leaders of the Islamic State have issued direct threats against the West, including the US. In his very first recorded speech, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State, threatened America.

“As for your security, your citizens cannot travel to any country without being afraid. The mujahideen have launched after your armies, and have swore to make you taste something harder than what Osama [bin Laden] had made you taste. You will see them in your home, Allah permitting. Our war with you has only begun, so wait,” he said.

Abu Muhammad al Adnani, the spokesman for the Islamic State, threatened to strike the US and the “allies of America” in September 2014, after the US launched its air campaign in Iraq and Syria.

“[T]his campaign will be your final campaign,” Adnani said. “It will be broken and defeated, just as all your previous campaigns were broken and defeated, except that this time we will raid you thereafter, and you will never raid us. We will conquer your Rome, break your crosses, and enslave your women, by the permission of Allah, the Exalted.”

Abaaoud, holding a koran and the Islamic State’s Flag while standing in front of a US-made Humvee, from Dabiq 7:


Also see:

ISIS External OPs and Paris Attack UPDATE as of 16 NOV 15

The ISIS Study Group, Nov. 16, 2015:

By now the people of the world should’ve heard from the MSM about the mastermind of the Paris Attack being identified as Abdelhamid Aboud (variant-Abaaoud) aka “Abu Omar al-Belgeki.” We discussed this guy and his role in the Paris attack planning in our 14 NOV piece “Paris Attack Update as of 14 NOV 15.” If you’re new here or somehow missed our first update, Aboud played a big role in coordinating the movement of the 20-man foreign fighter group that was redeployed to Europe to specifically target France and the UK (which was discussed in last month’s “Nail in the Coffin: ISIS’ Anwar al-Awlaqi BN Sends Fighters to Europe“). In an interview with Dabiq Magazine, he claimed to have made several attempts to enter Europe and had finally managed to get into Belgium where he and some associates managed to establish a support network. The main support cell in Belgium was rounded up by the local police, prompting him to flee to Syria. As stated two days ago, Aboud is important because he functioned in a capacity similar to that of the late-Junaid Hussein in regards to operations in France and Belgium. More importantly, he was the right-hand of Islamic State (IS) spokesman and External Operations Portfolio chief Abu Muhammad al-Adnani. Word on the street is that Aboud may have been killed in an airstrike last month, although we’re working with our Parastin and YPG sources to ascertain the truth. Anyways, if you want to know more about this guy check out “Paris Attack Update as of 14 NOV 15.”

Mastermind of Paris Attacks Identified Amid a Night of Raids in France

Paris Attack Update as of 14 NOV 15

Nail in the Coffin: ISIS’ Anwar al-Awlaqi BN Sends Fighters to Europe

Abdelhamid Aboud Source: The ISIS Study Group

Abdelhamid Aboud
Source: The ISIS Study Group

Aboud’s Dabiq interview Source: Dabiq Magazine

Aboud’s Dabiq interview
Source: Dabiq Magazine

In our 14 NOV article we also identified one of the attackers – one of the Stade de France bombers – as Syrian national Ahmed Almuhammad. The MSM again confirmed what we said the next day. Additional reporting shows that this individual had entered Europe through Turkey and Greece posing as a “refugee” – in fact there’s three individuals total that have been confirmed as having started out in Syria. Again, this is consistent with what we said last month. The individual who had the Egyptian passport was later identified as being one of the victims. Not long after the Paris attack one of the attackers – Salah Abdesalam – was stopped in Molenbeek, Brussels. Then they released him. What the media may not be tracking is that two of his associates were also stopped and released. Our sources confirm their identities as Hamza Attou and Muhammad Amri. Its worth noting that Attou was stopped with Abdesalam (any journalist reading this can look up license plate 1 LJV 913 if they don’t believe us). The vehicle found in Paris with the weapons belonged to Attou, Amri and Abdesalam. Its also worth noting that Abdesalam was also listed as the guy who rented the vehicle that was found IVO the Bataclan Concert Hall. A raid was attempted to detain Abdesalam earlier today, but it failed. He’s likely moving between the safe-houses that Aboud’s support network had established months ago. The other attackers are as follows:

Muhammad Abdesalam – One of Salah Abdesalam’s brothers (arrested in Belgium)
Brahim Abdesalam – Another brother of Salah Abdesalam
Omar Ismail Mostefai – French national and member of the pre-existing support network who was killed at Bataclan
Bilal Hadfi – Killed at Stade de France
Four other yet to be identified attackers were killed while engaging the French National Police

The number puts them pretty close to that 10-man group we discussed last month, isn’t it? Keep in mind that these guys were also supposed to augment the existing cells in their respective target country – meaning there were likely as many as 24 jihadists involved in the overall operation (although most were in a support role). Some of our readers have inquired about how AQAP could claim responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo Attack yet have an IS-aligned support cell involved? The two sides working at the cell-level isn’t uncommon, and there have been several documented cases of such collaboration taking place in Yemen – especially when the late-Qurayshi (who was against feuding with IS) was Emir. And remember, the foreign fighter unit that IS has been selecting personnel for redeployment to Europe and North America is named after the late-senior AQAP recruiter Anwar al-Awlaki.

‘Nothing stood out’ about Paris attacker Omar Ismail Mostefai


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Ahmed AlMuhammad’s passport Source: The ISIS Study Group

Ahmed AlMuhammad’s passport
Source: The ISIS Study Group

Salah Abdesalam: Offered up his brother to serve as a suicide bomber – what a guy! Source: French National Police

Salah Abdesalam: Offered up his brother to serve as a suicide bomber – what a guy!
Source: French National Police

Equally as important is the fact that the other half of that 20-man group that arrived from Syria posing as refugees is assessed to be located somewhere in London. Over the weekend we had tweeted out a tipper in regards to an IS threat that was issued against Rome, London and Washington, DC. Earlier today another IS threat was issued, this time directed at Lisbon, Portugal. IS’ External Operations Division will usually disseminate loads of disinformation designed to both distract the West from the true target and overload allied intelligence organizations with a flurry of multiple threat streams, some legit and some fake. Neil Prakash and the late-Junaid Hussein, Riyad Khan and Shawn Parson had perfected this strategy over the course of two years. Although some operations would be discovered and disrupted, others would fall through the cracks due to the large volume of threat reporting. The use of lone-wolves contributed heavily to their success. That said, the transition from relying solely on lone-wolves to attack cells adds to their ability to project IS influence beyond the borders of Syria, Iraq and Libya. Speaking of Libya, we heard there’s three IS fighters who entered Germany from Libya and are currently working to establish a new attack cell. With that and the fact there’s another 10-man element from that specialized 20-man group reported to have been sent to London leads us to suspect that location will be the next target for a major cell-based attack.

Source: The ISIS Study Group

Source: The ISIS Study Group

However, that’s just from the External Operations Division located in Syria. IS has also invested heavily in establishing an official affiliate in Libya to serve as a launching pad for conducting facilitation operations in support of other IS-aligned entities throughout Sudan, Tunisia, Algeria, Nigeria and Egypt. The Libyan IS Emir -Abu Nabil – (who may or may not have been recently killed) is an External Operations Division senior member who was dispatched to Libya to establish and lead the affiliate in the country. One of the other big things he was tasked to do was open up a second pathway from which to conduct attacks against Europe. Still, IS won’t be abandoning the use of lone-wolves. Instead, they’ll likely opt to use a combination of lone-wolves and attack cells to “reach out and touch” the West.

The Erdogan government of Turkey has been doing a lot of damage control in recent weeks and has been trying to capitalize on the situation. Reporting suggests that the Turks had “tried” to warn their French counterparts about Mostefai. The truth is although the Turks did pass along information to DGSE, they only did so because their French counterparts had specifically been inquiring about the Mostefai’s pattern of life going back and forth from Raqqa City, Syria to Gaziantep, Turkey. However, we’ll give the Turks the benefit of the doubt this time because our friends in the YPG and Parastin had reported a similar experience when they tried to warn the French, British and American governments of the 20-man group that was sent from Syria to Europe to hit targets in the UK and France. Specifically, neither the French or American intelligence agencies appeared to have been interested in what our Kurdish friends had to say; it was as if DGSE no longer cared for whatever reason. Our DGSI contact stated he “couldn’t speak for DGSE.” We don’t know about the Brits because they never gave a response to our friends.

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Then there’s the much-hyped 12 NOV arrest of Jihadi John associate Aine Leslie Davis aka “Abu Ayub,” who the Turks are making out to be “Zarqawi revisited.” The truth is not only is Jihadi John a “small fish,” Davis is straight-up low-hanging fruit. He was never involved in any external attack planning, although he did provide security for Western hostages in Syria and had his wife and female associate serve as facilitators tasked with distributing financial support to terror cells in the UK. As you may have already guessed, the Turks only arrested him because the British government had specifically inquired about him (notice the recurring theme here?). Davis was arrested with two other British nationals – Jermaine Michael Burke and Per Muhammad Burmal Karwani. Also arrested with the three Brits were Hasan al-Sheik, Turkish national Deniz Solak and Syrian national Walid al-Agha (who is confirmed to have trained in Syria). Davis had received permission from his superiors to travel from Syria to Turkey and retrieve his family. The individuals who accompanied him did so because they were tasked with picking up dual-use material for producing explosives. The reason we bring up Davis and friends is because the facilitation network they were supposed to link up with was the same one that pushed out the group that would later go on to execute the Paris attack. Oh, and btw, the Erdogan government is preparing to quietly release Davis, Burke and Karwani from custody due to a “lack of evidence” and are supposedly going to “deport” them back to the UK. What are the odds of them actually being put on a plane for the UK? We think you may already know the answer. Perhaps somebody from MI5 or MI6 reads this and has enough “wasta” to influence things?


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Aine Leslie Davis Source: Central News

Aine Leslie Davis
Source: Central News

There’s a great deal of momentum being built towards an expansion of IS’ External Operations Division with more trained groups being deployed to Europe, Canada and the US in response to the success of the Paris attack. The reason for targeting France is simple, really: Team Baghdadi views France as being just as weak (if not weaker) than Spain, who capitulated to al-Qaida after the 2004 Madrid Train Bombing by completely pulling out of the Global War on Terror. Sure, France is currently conducting a bombing campaign in Syria – but all IS has to do is wait them out because they know that the French military can’t sustain a prolonged campaign. Our sources on the ground in Syria also report that the vaunted French air campaign hasn’t been as “effective” as advertised due to a lack of coordination and information-sharing between the French military and the forces fighting on the front-lines – mainly the combined Peshmerga forces (the Arab opposition factions are dominated by “moderates” who aren’t really “moderate”). In fact our YPG sources view the air campaign as more “symbolic” than anything. Its honestly too late for France and the rest of Europe to stem the tide now. Political correctness killed whatever chance they had to preserve their way of life. However, there’s still a chance for the US to reverse course, but that all depends on whether President Obama has the courage to admit that his pseudo-strategy isn’t working. Unfortunately, we suspect that’s asking for too much. And so it goes…

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The jihadis’ master plan to break us

A victim lies on the ground covered by a white sheet outside the cafe La Bonne Biere, in central Paris.

A victim lies on the ground covered by a white sheet outside the cafe La Bonne Biere, in central Paris.

New York Post, by Amir Taheri, Nov. 15, 2015:

PARIS — Still under shock from Friday night’s terror attacks, Paris may need a few more days to regain its signature mood of defiant dignity. Almost everyone had expected an attack but most still hoped it would never come. Now they are all asking why it did.

It happened because the Islamic State, the latest version of the Islamo-apocalypytic movement, has decided that Western democracies, representing the “Infidel” world, are no longer prepared to fight even to preserve their comfortable lives. The Paris attacks came on the first day of the Muslim lunar month of Safar, which coincides with the anniversary of Prophet Mohammed’s first successful “ghazva” (raid) against the “infidel” at Safwan in 623 AD.

Islamic State is already referring to the Paris attacks as another “ghazva,” promising many more. The aim is to terrorize all mankind into submitting to the diktats of The Only True Faith.

This is how Sheikh Abu-Bakr Naji, the late theoretician of the Sunni version of the Islamo-apocalyptic movement, put it: “No one should feel safe without submitting, and those who refuse to submit must pay a high price. The aim of our movement is to turn the world into a series of wildernesses in which only those under our rule enjoy security.”

The sheikh’s neo-jihadi theory was explained a decade ago in his magnum opus “Governance in the Wilderness” (Edarat al Tawwahush). The book rejected al Qaeda’s theory of war based on the assumption that “the infidel” would succumb to Islamic rule with a few spectacular attacks such as 9/11 against New York and Washington. The sheikh further examines what he calls “the five schools of jihad” to reveal their inadequacies.

According to the sheikh, in a world dominated by “Crusaders,” it is not possible to create a proper Islamic state in a single country. He cites as example the Taliban government in Afghanistan. Although a proper Islamic regime, it did not survive “infidel” attacks and opposition by Afghan elements. The Islamic movement must become global, fighting everywhere, all the time, and on all fronts. He wants neo-jihadis to create an archipelago of “wildernesses” in non-Muslim countries, especially in the West, turning them into parallel societies alongside existing ones. They do not set up formal governments that could be vulnerable to economic pressure or even military attack.

To our neo-jihadi sheikh these parallel societies could resemble “liberated zones” set up by Marxist guerrillas in parts of Latin America in the last century. But they could also exist within cities, under the noses of the authorities, operating as secret societies with their own rules, values and enforcement mechanism.

The “wilderness” will provide cover for operational bases. Jihad would be everywhere rather than in just one or two countries that the “infidel” could hit with superior firepower.

The sheikh recommends “countless small operations” that render daily life unbearable rather than a few spectacular attacks such as 9/11. The idea is that the “infidel,” leaving his home every morning, should not be sure whether he would be alive in the evening.

The sheikh believed that if subjected to constant intimidation and fear of death, most non-Muslims, especially in the West, would submit to Islam in exchange for a minimum of tranquility. The only Western power still capable of resisting was the United States. But that, too, would change with a new president.. (That was before Obama was elected). In any case, the sheikh quoting historian Paul Kennedy, has no doubt that “America is destined to fall.”

The sheikh’s theory is built on the concept of terror as the main organizing principle of the mini-states he hopes to set up in preparation for the coming caliphate.

Islamic State’s message is stark: Western civilization is doomed. Its last bastion, America, lacks the will for war. The infidel loves life and treats it as an endless feast. Jihadis have to ruin that feast and persuade the “infidel” to abandon this world in exchange for greater rewards in the next.

The Paris “ghazva” used a tactic that some call “symphonic” because it offered several forms of terrorism in different themes, mixing regular military-style assaults with classical terrorism and kamikaze operations. Thus we had suicide-attacks aimed at a sports stadium packed with 80,000 people, random shooting from at least two cars on people in restaurants and terrace cafes, a raid on a concert hall and the holding of hostages, and a gun battle with the security forces.

Terrorism is a beast with an extraordinary ability to mutate. As soon as its victims have learned to cope with its methods, it develops new ones. Groups of anarchists throwing bombs follow the lone assassin who targets a king or a political leader. The hijacking of passenger jets is replaced by the transformation of aircraft into missiles against fixed buildings. All the time, the intention is to terrorize the largest number of people, eroding the ordinary man’s confidence in the ability of the authorities to protect him, and, in the long run, persuading a majority of the people, who just want to live their lives, to trade their freedom for the security that the terrorist promises in his utopia.

Paris was attacked not because of what the French do, as some Blame-The-West intellectuals claim, but because of what the French are: infidels who refuse to see the light of Islam. The hope is that just as the Prophet forced the Arab tribes to accept Islam in exchange for protection, the “infidel” nations will also decide that it is in their best interest to submit.

Today, however, I see no sign the French tend toward submission. As always, the terrorists may end up like the man who, having won a great many tokens at the roulette table, is surprised when the casino tells him his winnings cannot be cashed.

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How France Became an Inviting Target of the Jihad


PJ Media, by Andrew C. McCarthy, Nov. 14, 2015:

Earlier this year, following the Charlie Hebdo massacre and related terrorist attacks in and around Paris, I wrote Islam and Free Speech, a Broadside” that is part of the series published by Encounter Books. The following is an excerpt.

How did we get to this historical anomaly in France where, as the estimable scholar Daniel Pipes observes, “a majority population accepts the customs and even the criminality of a poorer and weaker community”? It is the result of a conquest ideology taking the measure of a civilization that no longer values its heritage, no longer regards itself as worthy of defense.

France’s population of 66 million is now approximately 10 percent Islamic. Estimates are sketchy because, in a vestige of its vanishing secularist tradition, France does not collect census data about religious affiliation. Still, between 6 and 7 million Muslims are reasonably believed to be resident in the country (Pew put the total at 4.7 million back in 2010 – other analysts peg it higher today). To many in France, the number seems higher, due to both the outsize influence of Islamist activists on the political class and the dense Muslim communities in and around Paris – approximating 15 percent of the local population. An online poll conducted by Ipsos Mosi in 2014 found that the average French citizenbelieves Muslims make up about a third of the country’s population.

As night follows day, when Muslim populations surge, so does support for jihadism and the sharia supremacist ideology that catalyzes it. The reason is plain to see, even if Western elites remain willfully blind to it: For a not insignificant percentage of the growing Muslim millions in Europe, infiltration – by both mass immigration and the establishment of swelling Islamic enclaves – is a purposeful strategy of conquest, sometimes referred to as “voluntary apartheid.”

One of its leading advocates is Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi. A Qatar-based Egyptian octogenarian, Qaradawi is a Muslim Brotherhood icon. He is a copiously published scholar graduated from Cairo’s al-Azhar University, the seat of Sunni Islamic learning for over a millennium, and thus oversees both the International Union of Muslim Scholars and the European Council for Fatwa and Research. Thanks to his pioneering of the highly trafficked IslamOnline website and, especially, to his hugely popular al-Jazeera television program, Sharia and Life, he has become the world’s most influential sharia jurist.

Qaradawi is the sharia backbone of the violent jihad to exterminate Israel – a tiny country surrounded by hundreds of millions of hostile Muslims. The sheikh also vows that Islam will “conquer” both Europe and America, but acknowledges that this conquest will require a strategy more suited to a determined minority that knows it cannot win by force of arms. The key, he asserts, is dawa, the Muslim equivalent of proselytism. In radical Islam, it is hyper-aggressive, pushing on every cultural cylinder, pressuring every institution, and exploiting the atmosphere of intimidation created by jihadist terror to blur the lines between legal advocacy and extortion.

In France, dawa presses against laïcité, the credo of secularism through the strict separation of religion and the state. Qaradawi is quite clear that “secularism can never enjoy a general acceptance in an Islamic society.” He is equally adamant that Muslims, who are bound to live in accordance with the strictures of sharia, must reject a secular framework because “acceptance of secularism means abandonment of sharia, a denial of the divine guidance and a rejection of Allah’s injunctions.” Thus, he elaborates, “The call for secularism among Muslims is atheism and a rejection of Islam. Its acceptance as a basis for rule in place of sharia is downright apostasy.”

This nexus between free speech and Western democracy is worth pausing over. Notice that, in focusing on the incompatibility between Islamic law and democracy’s secular, pluralist underpinnings, Qaradawi draws the inevitable conclusion that democracy equals apostasy. The term apostasy is not invoked idly in radical Islam. As explained in Reliance of the Traveller, a classic sharia manual endorsed by al-Azhar scholars, the renunciation of Islam is a death penalty offense.

Free speech does not exist in a vacuum. It is the plinth of freedom’s fortress. It is the ineliminable imperative if there is to be the robust exchange of knowledge and ideas, the rule of reason, freedom of conscience, equality before the law, property rights, and equality of opportunity. That is why it must be extinguished if there is to be what Qaradawi calls a “place of religion” – meaning his religion. For all its arrogance and triumphalist claims, radical Islam must suppress speech because it cannot compete in a free market of conscience.

To sustain their movement, therefore, Islamist leaders must separate Muslims from secular society. In the West, this means forming Islamic enclaves in which sharia gradually takes root as the de facto and, eventually, the de jure law – enabling Muslims to resist the challenge of critical thinking under the guise avoiding the near occasion of apostasy. Over time, dominion is established over swaths of not only physical territory but legal privilege. Qaradawi puts the matter succinctly:

Were we to convince Western leaders and decision-makers of our right to live according to our faith — ideologically, legislatively, and ethically — without imposing our views or inflicting harm upon them, we would have traversed an immense barrier in our quest for an Islamic state.

The key to the conquest strategy is to coerce the West into accepting a Muslim right to resist assimilation, to regard sharia as superseding Western law and custom when the two conflict. For precisely this reason, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation – a bloc of 56 Muslim countries (plus the Palestinian Authority) – has decreed that “Muslims should not be marginalized or attempted to be assimilated, but should be accommodated.” Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Islamist president of Turkey who has systematically dismantled that country’s secular, pro-Western system, similarly pronounces that pressuring Muslims to assimilate in the West “is a crime against humanity.”

Free expression is the gateway to assimilation. Consequently, radical Islam cannot tolerate it.

As a result, France is now rife with Zones Urbaines Sensibiles – “sensitive urban areas.” The government officially lists some 751 of them: Islamic enclaves in the banlieues, often referred to as “no go zones” because the indigenous populations discourage the presence of non-Muslims who do not conform to Islamic standards of dress and social interaction, and of public officials – police, fire-fighters, emergency medical teams, and building inspectors – who are seen as symbols of the state’s effort to exercise sovereignty in areas Muslims seek to possess adversely.

Some of these zones inevitably evolve into hotbeds of jihadist activity. As the Gatestone Institute’s Soeren Kern notes, there has been no shortage of Internet traffic suggesting, for example, “the killing of France’s ambassadors, just as the manly Libyan fighters killed the U.S. ambassador in Benghazi.” In a low-intensity jihadist thrum stretching back several years, the torching of automobiles has become a commonplace – as many as 40,000 cars burned annually. Perhaps most alarmingly, over a thousand French Muslims, more than from any other Western country, are estimated to have traveled to Syria to fight for ISIS – meaning many will return to the country as trained, battle-hardened jihadists. Beyond the direct ISIS participants, moreover, the Washington Post has reported that a recent poll found 16 percent of French citizens expressing some degree of support for ISIS – an organization whose rule over the vast territory it has seized is best known for decapitations, rapine, the execution of homosexuals, mass graves, and the enslavement of non-Muslim communities.

Once one grasps the voluntary apartheid strategy, it becomes obvious why radical Islam’s inroads in France, and elsewhere in Europe, seamlessly translate into demands for the enforcement of sharia’s curbs on speech and artistic expression. What is not so obvious is just how profound a challenge to the West this constitutes.

Paris is Burning…Again

France Newspaper AttackTerror Trends Bulletin, by Christopher Holton, Nov. 14,2015:

Paris has become the top Western target for Jihad.

It can no longer be denied that France is in the throes of the global Islamic insurgency. Today, a coordinated, multifaceted attack eerily reminiscent of the 2008 Mumbai, India attack by Lashkar e Taiba, resulted in the deaths of at least 160 people.

The attack involved small arms and grenades and nearly simultaneous attacks in 7 different locations around Paris.


What most people do not realize is that these attacks are but the latest in a string of attacks going back to the infamous Charlie Hebdo attack 10 months ago. Everyone remembers Charlie Hebdo, but few in America realize that there have been several small-scale Jihadi incidents across France both before and after Charlie Hebdo, all of which are indicative of a revolutionary Jihadist atmosphere developing in the country.

France has been targeted because it has been the most active nation fighting Jihad in recent years, effectively decimating Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Mali and carrying out air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

It is absolutely imperative that the West stand with France with more than just symbolism. Now is not the time for candlelight vigils and peace rallies. Now is the time when NATO must take the threat from the Islamic State seriously. France is a NATO nation and has been attacked by a foreign power. That means that the North Atlantic Treaty must be invoked and activated.

It is time for the full weight and force and the North Atlantic Alliance be brought to bear to end the caliphate once and for all–no matter what it takes to do so.

Paris Attack Update as of 14 NOV 15

Keep in mind that this new phase in Team Baghdadi’s external game plan calls for Syria vets to go home, set up new networks and augment existing cells in their home countries for the purpose of conducting their own attacks. The reason for this is to continue to “sell the brand” while establishing a self-sustaining program where more experienced recruits are fed into the IS foreign fighter machine, enhancing the terror organization’s overall effectiveness in the long-term.

The ISIS Study Group, Nov. 14, 2015:

In a follow-up to “Night of Terror: Jihadists Launch Coordinated Attacks Across Paris,” the picture begins to clear up despite the existence of several intel gaps. The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attacks, not that we’re surprised. According to our source in the Direction générale de la sécurité intérieure (General Directorate for Internal Security or “DGSI”), a Syrian passport was found at the Stade de France on one of the suicide bombers. The name on the passport is “Ahmed al-Muhammad” (variant-Almuhammad). Our source went on to state that his organization is still trying to confirm/deny the bomber’s nationality. An Egyptian passport was also found at the location, although that individual’s identity has not yet been revealed. However, a second individual – a 30 yr old French national – has also been identified (we’re waiting back on our source for the name). What we do know is that he was on the National Police and DGSI’s radar.

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Night of Terror: Jihadists Launch Coordinated Attacks Across Paris

Here’s the English-language IS statement:


Source: The Daily Mail (UK)

Source: The Daily Mail (UK)

As we stated in our initial report on yesterday’s tragic event, the cell involved is the same group we first discussed in our 03 OCT piece “Nail in the Coffin: ISIS’ Anwar al-Awlaqi BN Sends Fighters to Europe.” As we stated in that article and in yesterday’s, 20 foreign fighters were hand-selected to be redeployed to Europe, where they would split off into two 10-man cells to be sent to the priority target countries: France and the UK. As we said previously, we assess that these Syria vets were sent back to the EU to establish their own networks and attack cells, fully integrating with preexisting cells in the target countries and enhancing their combat power. We suspect that the support cell involved in this latest campaign of terror in Paris is the element that was involved in supporting the Charlie Hebdo shooters. One of the things that came out of our chat with the DGSI source is that have reason to believe that Syria-based IS External Operations Division member Abdelhamid Aboud played a big role in coordinating the movement of this 20-man group to their locations by linking them up with the local cell leaders. The current status of Aboud is unknown, but its suspected that he may have been killed in an airstrike sometime last month (our Parastin sources are working to confirm/deny).

Nail in the Coffin: ISIS’ Anwar al-Awlaqi BN Sends Fighters to Europe

Aboud is important because he was to France what the late-Junaid Hussein was to the UK. Its worth noting that Aboud was also considered the “right-hand” of IS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani – who has been taking more ownership of the External Operations portfolio in recent months. Adnani is also reported to have recently been appointed to the position of “Security Chief” for Syria and Iraq. Interesting side note here – he apparently had some beef with the previous occupant of that position and got him arrested for unspecified “corruption” charges. This may also give us some additional insight on the current status of Neil Prakash, who is Adnani’s subordinate that is still located in Raqqa City.

Abu Muhammad al-Adnani Source: The ISIS Study Group

Abu Muhammad al-Adnani
Source: The ISIS Study Group

The 20-man element we’ve talked about is also linked to a 29-yr old French Moroccan known as “Rido Hame,” who was arrested in AUG 15 for his involvement in IS attack plans. Hame confessed to having received training at one of the training camps in the Raqqa-area and receiving instructions to target a concert upon his return to France. Aboud was the individual who gave the suggestion to Hame. We suspect this was the first iteration of what would later become the “Friday the 13th Attack” everybody saw yesterday, only now the attack was initiated by a cell hitting multiple targets across Paris instead of a single “Lone-Wolf.” They likely chose to hit multiple targets as a means of overwhelming the local security forces, which our DGSI source said was easily accomplished. Our loyal readers likely recall that we laid out the same scenario in last year’s “ISIS: Target America.” As for the reports that some of the gunmen were speaking “perfect French,” we’re not surprised since our Parastin friends did tell us that the 20-man group that reentered Europe under the guise of being “refugees” consisted of mostly Tunisians and Moroccans. This cell was given autonomy and acted on their own accord, although the IS External Operations Division did maintain comms with them and passed along “suggestions.” Keep in mind that this new phase in Team Baghdadi’s external game plan calls for Syria vets to go home, set up new networks and augment existing cells in their home countries for the purpose of conducting their own attacks. The reason for this is to continue to “sell the brand” while establishing a self-sustaining program where more experienced recruits are fed into the IS foreign fighter machine, enhancing the terror organization’s overall effectiveness in the long-term. We will continue to monitor the situation and update accordingly…

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French intelligence fears Islamist ‘missile strike on airliner’ or 9/11-style attack

French security forces are bracing for the eventuality of civil unrest (file photo) Photo: Alamy

French security forces are bracing for the eventuality of civil unrest (file photo) Photo: Alamy

Telegraph, by Henry Samuel and David Chazan, Aug. 27, 2015:

French security forces are bracing for the eventuality of civil unrest and fear there could be a missile strike on a passenger airliner or a September 11-style attack, according to sources close to French intelligence.

“Airlines have been warned of a possible attack on a plane with an anti-tank missile,” a source told The Telegraph. “But pilots are unsure how to take evasive action.”

After Friday’s thwarted attempt to massacre passengers on an Amsterdam-Paris train and a series of terrorist attacks and attempted killings in France this year, President François Hollande warned the nation to prepare for more violence, considered inevitable as the Islamist threat grows.

The army has made contingency plans for the “reappropriation of national territory”, meaning to win back control of neighbourhoods where the population become hostile to the security forces and where guns are easily obtainable, according to the source.

“There are a lot of alienated and angry fourth-generation immigrant kids in the suburbs and the prospect of radicalisation is increasingly likely,” the source said.

“The idea that attacks like the one on the train are carried out by individuals acting on their own is not credible. We’re dealing with highly-organised networks of militant Islamists embarked on a campaign of violence and determined to intensify it.”

Kalashnikov automatic rifles — used by the train gunman and Islamist terrorists who killed 17 people in Paris in January — and anti-tank missiles are now obtainable in France. Many were smuggled in from the former Yugoslavia after the Balkan wars in the 1990s. More weapons have come in from Libya, the sources said, adding that organised crime and terrorist groups were working together to procure them.

“We don’t know what happened to the arms we (France) to Libyan rebels. It’s worrying,” the source said.

In the chaos following the fall of the Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, French officials described the north African country as an “open-air arms market”. In 2011, France admitted to sending “light weapons” to Libyan rebels in 2011, but French media reported that consignments of heavier arms, including European-made Milan anti-tank missiles were also sent.

There were fears that Isil, al-Qaeda and other Islamist groups were procuring heavy weapons from the stocks of Gaddafi’s former army, and that rebel groups were losing control of their own arms.

As early as 2010, an anti-tank missile was seized by police along with several tons of cannabis. Since then, an unknown number of rocket-propelled grenades and missiles are believed to have been smuggled into the country.

A missile attack could be devastating for an airliner, particularly if the plane was taking off and full of fuel. The main Paris airport at Roissy is near drug-infested suburbs of the capital prone to violence.

Agents of the DGSI, France’s equivalent of MI5, warned they are powerless to improve surveillance of Islamist militants bent on losing their lives to cause maximum carnage, and have been “lucky” to have avoided far worse catastrophes since the Paris Islamist attacks in January that killed 17, Le Canard Enchaîné, the investigative and satirical weekly, reported.

An agent told the newspaper there were fears of “an upcoming 11 September à la française where (intelligence) services are mere spectators”.

Luck rather than judgment had allayed larger-scale strikes, another is cited as saying.

“We’ve been lucky. Passengers in a train who neutralise a suspect, another who shoots himself in the foot then calls the emergency services, and a third who fails to blow up a chemical factory; without these fortuitous turns of events, the human and material toll would have been much higher. And we wouldn’t have been able to change a thing,” he told the weekly.

“The truth is we’ve already tried everything. But we’ve reached the very limits of what we are able to do as much from a legislative and organisational as a financial point of view.”

European transport ministers are due to discuss more “systematic and coordinated” security checks across the continent in a meeting in Paris on Saturday, Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister announced on Wednesday.

“We must examine whether we can implement a system that allows for more systematic checks in airports, in public transport, in a more coordinated way,” he told France Inter radio.

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European Train Attacker Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorism

(from left to right) Anthony Sadler, from Pittsburg, California, Aleck Sharlatos from Roseburg, Oregon, and Chris Norman, a British man living in France thwarted the attacker while on the train. They are pictured with medals they received for bravery Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3206426/U-S-Marines-armed-gunman-onboard-high-speed-train-Amsterdam-Paris.html#ixzz3jahelC2M

(from left to right) Anthony Sadler, from Pittsburg, California, Aleck Sharlatos from Roseburg, Oregon, and Chris Norman, a British man living in France thwarted the attacker while on the train. They are pictured with medals they received for bravery
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PJ Media, by Patrick Poole, August 22, 2015:

Quick action by unarmed off-duty U.S. servicemen on a high speed train from Amsterdam to Paris narrowly averted tragedy yesterday as they subdued a terrorist gunmen before he could begin his rampage. And according to multiple reports, the suspect in custody was known to multiple European intelligence agencies – yet another case of what I have termed “known wolf” terrorism.

Since last year, I’ve noted here at PJ Media that virtually all of the terrorist incidents in the West have been conducted by subjects who were already known to law enforcement and national security agencies, refuting the “lone wolf” narrative floated by authorities and the establishment media that such terrorist activity is random and unpredictable.

And such appears to be the case yet again in the case of what happened on the Thalys train.

CNN reports:

The suspected gunman, a Moroccan national, was on the radar screen of European counterterrorism agencies for his radical jihadist views, the European counterterrorism official said.

A second security source told CNN the gunman was known by French intelligence. The official said it appeared the gunman was sympathetic to ISIS, but a full determination on his specific loyalties had yet to be reached.

Another report from The Telegraph indicates that the gunman was known to multiple European intelligence agencies:

The gunman who tried to bring carnage to a high-speed train is believed to have been an Islamist extremist who traveled to Syria last year.

The 26-year-old of Moroccan origin, named in the Spanish press as Ayoub El Qahzzani, is understood to have been on the watch lists of three European intelligence services.

The gunman was taken into custody at Arras station and the French authorities have not released his name. But if he was Qahzzani, he appears to have left Morocco in 2013 and moved to Spain, where he lived for about a year.

And Reuters indicates that Qahzzani was no “lone wolf”:

According to Le Voix du Nord, citing security sources, the suspected Islamist militant was seen on a plane to Turkey from Germany in May, and was thought to have visited Syria.

The French newspaper said he may have had connections to a group involved in a suspected Islamist shooting in Belgium in January.

One terrorism expert makes an important point:

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An editor at the Jerusalem Post also asks another relevant question:


The case of yet another returned foreign fighter from Syria engaged in terrorism seems to refute the attempts by many counterterrorism researchers to say the threat is “exaggerated” and that terror returnees should be treated with a “hands-off” reintegration approach, most recently advocated by Charles Lister at Brookings Institution.

The “Known Wolf” terrorism phenomenon is something I have documented here at PJ Media going back to last year:

Oct. 24, 2014: ‘Lone Wolf’ or ‘Known Wolf’: The Ongoing Counter-Terrorism Failure

Dec. 15, 2014: Sydney Hostage Taker Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Syndrome

Jan. 7, 2015: Paris Terror Attack Yet Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Syndrome

Feb. 3, 2015: French Police Terror Attacker Yesterday Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Syndrome

Feb. 15, 2015: Copenhagen Killer Was yet Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorism

Feb. 26, 2015: Islamic State Beheader ‘Jihadi John’ Yet Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorism

Apr. 22, 2015: Botched Attack on Paris Churches Another Case of “Known Wolf” Terrorism

May 4, 2015:Texas Attack Is Yet Another Case of ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorism

June 26, 2015:France’s Beheading Terrorist Was Well-Known By Authorities

July 16, 2015:Report: Chattanooga Jihadist Was Yet Another ‘Known Wolf’ Terrorist, Anonymous Feds Dispute

This was also the subject of a Capitol Hill briefing I gave back in late January sponsored by the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET):

So why is it despite these repeated instances of “Known Wolf” terrorism, that authorities have yet to even acknowledge the problem, let alone try to solve it?


Day of terror: Islamist attacks around world follow ISIS’ Ramadan message

terror_attacksFox News, June 26, 2015:

Terrorists struck around the world Friday, beheading a man in France, gunning down dozens on a beach in Tunisia and launching a suicide attack on a mosque in Kuwait, in a series of attacks that followed an ISIS leaders’ call to make the month of Ramadan a time of “calamity for the infidels.”

There was no confirmation that any of the attacks were ordered by ISIS, although the suspects who attacked a U.S.-owned gas factory in southeastern France left the terrorist army’s flags next to the severed head of their victim. If the attacks were indeed an answer to ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani’s recent call for savagery, it would represent a hideous perversion of Islam’s most holy period, which began June 17 and ends July 17.

Jihadists should make Ramadan a time of “calamity for the infidels … Shi’ites and apostate Muslims,” Al-Adnani said in a recent audio message. “Muslims everywhere, we congratulate you over the arrival of the holy month. Be keen to conquer in this holy month and to become exposed to martyrdom.”

The attack in France occurred first, at 9:50 a.m. local time in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, northwest of the Alpine city of Grenoble. Two suspects dressed as deliverymen crashed a car into an industrial gas plant operated by Allentown, Pa.,-based Air Products & Chemicals, stormed inside and killed at least one person. The head of the victim— a local transportation company businessman–was left on a fence, with Arabic phrases scrawled on it and ISIS flags nearby,Sky News reported, citing French legal sources.

Nearly simultaneously, two gunmen attacked two hotels in a Tunisian coastal town popular with British tourists, killing at least 27. Although there was no immediate word on the victims, the fact that most were on the beach during the holy month indicated that those killed were almost certainly tourists.

A third attack killed at least 16 in a Shia mosque in Kuwait City. ISIS is comprised of Sunni Muslims, and its members have a long and bloody history with Shia Muslims, as evidenced by Al-Adnani’s call. The attack came immediately following Friday prayers. There was no claim of responsibility, but ISIS has claimed responsibility for bombings at two different Shiite mosques in Saudi Arabia in recent weeks.

French officials wasted no time labeling Friday’s attack an act of terrorism.

“The attack was of a terrorist nature since a body was discovered, decapitated and with inscriptions,” French President Francois Hollande told a news conference in Brussels, where he cut short his attendance at an EU summit to return to France.

At least one man, who authorities said was a 30-year-old extremist known to authorities, was under arrest following the France attack. There were unconfirmed reports of others arrested or killed, but a manhunt is underway for any other suspects involved in the attack.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, speaking from the scene, described the attack as “barbarous” and a “terrible terrorist crime.” He said the suspect had been known to foreign intelligence services since 2006, but that police monitoring of him had ceased in 2008. The man did not have a criminal record, the minister added.

French authorities told Fox News that approximately 10 people were injured.

The factory is operated by Air Products & Chemicals, an Allentown, Pa.,-based company that makes industrial gases.

“Our priority at this stage is to take care of our employees, who have been evacuated from the site and all accounted for,” the company said in a statement. “Our crisis and emergency response teams have been activated and are working closely with all relevant authorities.”

A local official confirmed the nation is on high alert.

“The terrorism threat is at a maximum,” Alain Juppe, mayor of Bordeaux, told Fox News.

The attack came months after well-known ISIS social media accounts and propaganda video threatened attacks in the U.S., Belgium and France.

“We advise you that we will come to you with car bombs and explosive charges and we will cut off your heads,” stated one such threat that mirrored Friday morning’s attack.

France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation into the incident. The country went on high alert after a series of attacks in January that left 20 people dead in and around Paris region, including the Islamic terrorists.

France has been grappling with radical Islam for several years, with the Jan. 7 attack at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo putting the nation’s homegrown terrorism problem in the spotlight earlier this year.

In that attack, two radical Muslim brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, heavily armed and incensed over the publishing of caricatures of Muhammad, stormed the magazine’s offices and killed 12, including staffers and a police officer. Authorities hunted down the Kouachi brothers for three days, until finally cornering them in a printing house near Paris’ Charles de Gaulle international airport, and killing them in a shootout.

As police searched for the brothers’, a friend and fellow home grown Islamic terrorist Amedy Coulibaly, took at least 15 people hostage at a kosher supermarket in Paris. After a long standoff– with Coulibaly threatening to kill all his hostages unless the Kouachis be allowed to go free– police stormed the market, killing him. Four hostages were also killed in the incident.

Fox News Channel’s Catherine Herridge and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Man decapitated as severed head is ‘covered in Arabic writing’ and hung on a fence next to Islamist flag at factory in France after terrorists storm building and set off ‘gas bomb’ explosions

Murder scene: The murdered man's head is understood to have been found 30 feet away from his body, hanging on the factory's fence. The dead man's head was covered in Arabic 'inscriptions' before being placed on the fence, according to local journalists at the scene

Murder scene: The murdered man’s head is understood to have been found 30 feet away from his body, hanging on the factory’s fence. The dead man’s head was covered in Arabic ‘inscriptions’ before being placed on the fence, according to local journalists at the scene

  • Shocking attack took place at the headquarters of American-owned Air Products close to Lyon in southern France
  • Two men burst through the factory gates in a car, setting off small ‘gas bombs’ and injuring factory workers
  • Murder victim’s severed head was said to have been covered in Arabic writing and left hanging on a fence
  • It is not yet clear whether the terrorists killed the man elsewhere and transported his body to the factory
  • 30-year-old man ‘known to security services’ was arrested at the scene, telling officers he was a member of ISIS 

Daily Mail, By John Hall and Fidelma Cook and Simon Tomlinson and Peter Allen

A man has been decapitated and dozens more injured at a gas product factory in France by terrorists carrying Islamist banners.

The attack took place at the headquarters of the American owned Air Products, in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near the city of Lyon, in the south east of the country.

The murder is believed to have been accompanied by several explosions on the site cause by a terrorist igniting small ‘gas bombs’ that injured dozens of factory workers. It is believed the explosions may have intended to blow up the entire factory site but failed.

The murdered man’s head is understood to have been found 30 feet away from his body, hanging on the factory’s fence. The dead man’s head was covered in Arabic ‘inscriptions’ before being placed on the fence, according to local journalists at the scene.

A 30-year-old man who was known to security services since at least 2008 has already been arrested at the scene, telling police officers that he is a member of the Islamic State terror group. The man is believed not to have a criminal record but was considered to have ‘possibly been radicalised’.

There remains a great deal of confusion over whether a second terrorist was involved and has now gone on the run, or whether a ‘lone wolf’ jihadi had actually killed the victim elsewhere and transported his body to site, confusing eyewitnesses.

Chaos: The attack took place at the headquarters of Air Products, in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near Lyon, in the south east of the country.  Local media reported that a 30-year-old man 'known to security services' has already been arrested at the scene

Chaos: The attack took place at the headquarters of Air Products, in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near Lyon, in the south east of the country. Local media reported that a 30-year-old man ‘known to security services’ has already been arrested at the scene

Witnesses at the scene claimed there more than one man was involved in the attack and that the perpetrators were carrying Islamist flags.

Two men were seen driving into the main gate soon after 10am, before driving around in circles throwing gas cylinders around the main yard. One of the men then jumped out of the car, according to local prosecuting sources, and then ‘decapitated a man’.

The attack was accompanied by several explosions caused by 'gas bombs' being ignited at the site, causing many of the injuries

The attack was accompanied by several explosions caused by ‘gas bombs’ being ignited at the site, causing many of the injuries

Before the attack a man was seen driving back and forth outside the factory, according to Dauphiné Libéré.

An Islamic flag – possibly that of Islamic State – was found next to the dead body. The man’s head was found some 30 feet from the corpse.

French journalist Stefan Vries told Sky News: ‘There was an explosion at a gas factory. Several people were wounded and there has been one person decapitated on the premises.

‘His head was found a couple of yards from his body. A man has been arrested. He was allegedly carrying a flag of the Islamic State. Police fear there may be more attacks.’

Within an hour of the attack, French President Francois Hollande was to return home early from an EU summit.

Speaking at a press conference in Brussels shortly afterwards, Hollande said a man who launched a ‘terrorist’ assault on a gas factory Friday has been identified and that there may have been a second attacker.

Lockdown: Local media reported that a 30-year-old man 'known to security services' has already been arrested at the scene, telling police officers that he is a member of the Islamic State terror group

Lockdown: Local media reported that a 30-year-old man ‘known to security services’ has already been arrested at the scene, telling police officers that he is a member of the Islamic State terror group

‘This attack was in a vehicle driven by one person, perhaps accompanied by another,’ Hollande added. ‘The individual suspected of committing this attack has been arrested and identified.’

There remains a great deal of confusion over the exact sequence of events at the factory.

Some witnesses have claimed that the dead man may have been decapitated by one of the ‘gas bomb’ explosions, with the perpetrators taking advance of the shocking nature of his death to chilling effect – writing Islamist slogans on his severed head before hanging it on the fence.

Others have claimed that a single terrorist carried out the entire attack, driving an already dead and decapitated man to the factory site, which may have led some witnesses to believe there may have been more than one attacker.

Investigators are working to establish the full details of the attack but is widely thought that the explosions were intended to have a far bigger impact than causing several dozen injuries, and may have been intended to blow up the entire Air Products headquarters.

The president of Air Products – an American owned company that is understood to have recently signed a large contract with Saudi Arabia – is an Iranian Shia Muslim named Seifi Ghasemi.

Iran is known to support the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria – the sworn enemy of the Islamic State terror group.